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Alaska Sea Grant: join our team Alaska Sea Grant accepting applications for associate director (5/10/2022) - Alaska Sea Grant is now accepting applications for an associate director to lead its successful research and fellowship programs and join the program’s management team. The associate director will help represent Alaska Sea Grant at local, state and national levels; develop new program ideas, strategies and funding; and ensure program integrity and compliance. This position,…
Photo of Jenny Renee Collaborating to support marine science outreach and education in Unalaska (4/27/2022) - Alaska Sea Grant is collaborating with the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska to support marine science outreach and education in a unique new partnership. Jenny Renee, who works for the Qawalangin Tribe as a Fisheries and Outreach Coordinator, monitors and manages priority subsistence fisheries and spends a quarter of her time on marine science education and…
Man on a boat holds a GPS and a large plastic object. Storm-related data help Bristol Bay communities plan for change (4/26/2022) - Coastal communities across the Bristol Bay region are facing significant environmental change as the climate warms. For many west and northwest Alaska coastal communities, long, cold winters produce a barrier of sea ice along the coast, protecting against erosion and damage to infrastructure. With a warming Arctic resulting in less solid sea ice and longer…
photo of kelp on a line in Kodiak, Alaska Mariculture conference advances efforts to grow industry (4/21/2022) - “The sun is rising over the emerging mariculture industry in Alaska” was a theme that resonated throughout the recent three-day conference on mariculture in Juneau. Participants included policymakers, industry representatives from around the world and Alaska, tribal leaders, regulators, researchers and training experts, nonprofit organizations, shellfish and seaweed farmers, students, and others.  The conference, sponsored…
stumps and roots on the shoreline Planning for extreme climate events in Southeast Alaska (4/19/2022) - Residents of Southeast Alaska are used to lots of rain and snow. Although precipitation varies greatly across the region, less than 30 inches of precipitation a year is highly unusual. As the climate changes, however, the region has experienced hotter and drier conditions, as well as other unusual weather events. Extreme heat and drought conditions…
Walrus with tusks on a piece of ice in the ocean Research investigates toxins in Arctic food webs and marine mammals (4/14/2022) - A new bulletin published by Alaska Sea Grant summarizes research to inform the public and help them understand the risk of paralytic shellfish toxins in Arctic Alaska food webs and marine mammals. Paralytic shellfish toxins—also called saxitoxins—are produced by microscopic marine algae and can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) when people consume shellfish or marine…
Woman with short white hair and glasses Remembering Arliss Sturgulewski (4/12/2022) - Arliss Sturgulewski, prominent Alaskan leader and long-time supporter of Alaska Sea Grant, died on April 7. Sturgulewski was active on the boards and committees of many nonprofits and educational institutions in Alaska, including the advisory council of the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and Alaska Sea Grant’s advisory committee from 2003 to 2015.…
man on boat holding research equipment Kachemak Bay monitoring efforts contribute important data about ocean acidification in nearshore ecosystems (3/18/2022) - Alaska’s coastal waters are some of the most commercially valuable and productive ecosystems on the planet. Ocean acidification—a decrease in ocean pH caused by increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide—is expected to impact these ecosystems, but very little is known about how it could alter nearshore environments. Nearshore ecosystems provide habitat and serve as a nursery…
photo of Kyle Neumann State Fellow Spotlight — Kyle Neumann (3/17/2022) - Jesse Gordon contributed to this story Kyle Neumann is an Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow with the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center Genetics Program in Juneau.  He is working to develop new technologies that will allow for autonomous collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) samples.  Kyle explained that the genetics lab is developing “eDNA sampling robots…
man with hat Alaska Sea Grant hires new Dillingham agent (3/15/2022) - Alaska Sea Grant announces Tav Ammu as the newest Marine Advisory Program extension agent. Tav will be based in Dillingham at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus starting in August 2022. “Alaska Sea Grant is committed to outreach, education, and extension in Bristol Bay communities” said Alaska Sea Grant director, Ginny Eckert. “Our…

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